Friday’s Heroes: Remembering the Fallen
Officer Miosotis Familia, 48
New York City Police Department
July 5, 2017 – Officer Miosotis Familia was shot and killed by ambush as she sat inside a marked police command vehicle. The shooter walked up to the vehicle and fired through the window, striking Officer Familia in the head. The suspect was killed in a shootout with other officers.
Officer Familia is survived by her three children.
Officer Miguel I. Moreno, 32
San Antonio Texas Police Department
June 30, 2017 – Officer Miguel Moreno was shot and killed as he and his partner approached two suspects who were standing near a car that had been broken into. The shooter immediately opened fire, striking Officer Moreno in the head and his partner in the torso. Despite his wounds, Officer Moreno’s partner pulled his co-worker’s body to safety while returning fire, wounding the shooter.
Officer Robert J. Johnson, 60
Northville New York Police Department
July 4, 2017 – Officer Robert Johnson was struck and killed by a vehicle while he stood on the side of the road attending to a crash that had already occurred.
Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr., 63
Escambia County Florida Department of Corrections
June 17, 2017 – Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr. suffered a fatal heart attack after struggling with an inmate who’d tied a bedsheets around his neck during a suicide attempt.
He is survived by his wife, three children, and seven grandchildren.